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WADCO NEWS 



Volume 1 



Plainville, Mass., October 8, 1920 



Number 5 



Tool Room Leads 



IN XPMBF.R OF CARS OWNED 



Time Lost in Hours 



Mesh Room Is Next While Office 
Is Last With None 

Every morning the street in front 
of our shop is lined with machines, 
and the other morning: some bright 
yonth was heard to remark that there 
were "some machines." So we set 
about to compile a list of those ma- 
chines and of the departments in 
which their owners worked. There is 
a possibility that we may have over- 
looked one or two, but as we found it, 
the Tool Room leads with 44 per 
cent, of its enrollment owning cars. 

The Mesh Room is also well repre- 
sented, but on account of the large 
number employed, the percentage is 
small. 

The Whiting Chain Co. owns four 
machines and one "purring motor." 
This is eonal to 12 per cent. 

Gold Department A, Mr. Rowan, 
shipper, reports three machines, an 
Essex (one cylinder gone), one Wil- 
lys-Knight and an Overland. This 
is 30 per cent, and while this depart- 
partment is so well represented, we 
cannot find a car in Cold Department 
B. 

After due consideration, we note 
that the Office. Repair and Foreign 
Departments are absolutely unrepre- 
sented unless we connt the five Rem- 
ingtons, two Underwoods, two Bur- 
roughs and Gene's Addressograph. 
Following is a table showing the num- 
ber of machines in each department 

and the percentage : 

Mesh Room, 
Tool Room. 

imp and Press, 
Bench, 

Maintenance, 
Whiting Chain, 

Room. 
Office, 

Coloring Room, 
Polishing Room, 
Cold Dcpt. A. 

This is an average of one machine to 
every eight employees. So we can 
readily see thai the street car mag- 
nates are having their troubles trying 
to make two and two equal six. 



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44 


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21 


14 


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5 


12 


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18 


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18 


25 


Mesh Room, 


39.5 


33.5 


Assembly Room, 


97.33 


81.25 


Polishing Room, 


23. 


17. 


( loloring Room, 


5.25 


4. 


Bench Dept., 


32. 


29.66 


Soldered Mesh Dept., 


46.5 


44.5 


Unsoldered Mesh Dept. 


, 17.5 


24. 


Tool Room, 


1 :!.:> 


8. 


Stamp and Press. 


10. 


8.5 


Sowing Dept., 


13.2.1 


17.66 


Rolling Dept.. 


1.33 


.5 


Maintenance, 


12..") 


8. 


Planning Dept., 


0. 


2.5 


Repair Dept., 


7.2 


5. 


Snap Fastener Dept., 


2. 


.5 


Gold Dept. A, 


2.5 


0. 


Gold Dept. B, 


11.25 


13.5 



Total, 333.73 298.08 

Whiting Chain Co., 12.:. 25.5 



From Soldered Mesh Dept. 
" Never trouble trouble 

Till trouble troubles you," 
Rut when it comes along our way, 
What are we going to do? 

We got a "call *' the other day, 

•lusl for being late. 
And to stay in our seats till the bell 
rings 

Is another thing we hate. 

There's such a commotion at noon- 
time 
When we all start to rush for the 
clock 
That a "traffic cop" would be need- 
ed 
To guard the "frenzied flock." 

But after all, we realize 

We should make the most of our 
time 
And help instead of hinder 

A friend who has been so kind. 



So we are going to do our duty 

Even as Mr. Brown 
Who stays here till the bell rii 

And doesn't even frown. 

— ( 'atherine L. ( Ireve 



Sherbrooke Branch 



STARTED IX APRIL, 1914 



The Only Mesh Bag Factory in 
Canada 

This branch was opened to handle 
the rapidly increasing Canadian busi- 
ness of the Whiting & Davis Co. 

Early in April, 1914, Mr. Whiting 
and Mr. L. W. Cook, after having pre- 
viously talked over the suitability of 
the cities in Canada, visited SI 
brookc They had considerable diffi- 
culty in locating a building that suit- 
ed their needs, but through the aid of 
Mi-. Allan, of the Standard Jewelry 
( o., temporary quarters were ob- 
tained. 

Upon their return to Plainville. 
they sent up Tommy Kammel and 
Maxime Pelletier to set up the ma- 
chines. Pelletier was to be, and still 
is, the man in charge of the mesh ma- 
chines. 

On May 8th, Mr. Cook permanently 

located in Sherbrooke, taking charge 
of the business. Mr. Cook writes: 
"We used to think when we had green 
hands in Plainville that we had some 
job breaking them in. but we had the 
advantage of a lot of old experienced 
hands to do the finer parts of the work 
and show the new ones how it should 
be done. But bear in mind, that in 
starting this branch, which was an 
absolutely new business for this coun- 
try, we certainly had our troubles at 
the start. However, by having three 
or four of us from the Main Factory 
as instructors, we got along very well. 

"Our first problem after getting the 
machinery in place and the benches, 
etc., iitted up, was to get employees; 
which we hi that time found a very 
easy matter, although, of course, there 
was no experienced help. 

"We found on the start that we 
were somewhat handicapped, for none 
of us. with the exception of Pelletier, 
understood the French langui 
However, by using him as an inter- 
preter and as far as possible hiring 
employees who understood both lang- 
we have overcome this difficul" 

ty. 

Continued on Pa 



WADCO NEWS 



Wadco News 



ABOUT THE SHOP 



MIDDLEBORO NEWS 



Published Semi-Monthly 

by the Employees of Whiting & Davis 
Company, Plainville, Mass. 



Publication Committee 

J. O. Gaguon, Chairman 

W. M. Fuller Lee Higgins F. Gaddes 

O. Soderstroni H. B. Rowan 



Editob 



C. H. Peasley 



COMMERCIAL PRESS-PRINTERS 



EDITORIALS 



Co-operation 

Xo individual can get out a good 
shop paper aloue. It requires the as- 
sistance and co-operation of all. Let 
all who have articles or suggestions 
hand them in. What you are asked to 
do may be of more importance than 
you believe. Do it with a will ! Help 
make the "TTatfco News" one of the 
best shop papers in the state. 

Steady Work 

This is a good time to congratulate 
ourselves that we work in this shop 
that is the best in this section in re- 
gard to steady work. Steady work 
counts when it comes to paying the 
bills. This is well worth a thought. 

We are firmly convinced that we 
will never hear from Woonsocket un- 
til they get their coal shed. 

Every new day is a chance to make 
good the mistakes of yesterday, to do 
better things than ever before and to 
plan for a bigger tomorrow. Yester- 
day is gone, to-morrow lies ahead, to- 
day we have. Let's put our very best 
into it. All the success we ever win 
will be won in our todays as they pass. 

A mans appearance shows how his 
business is prospering. His wife's 
appearance shows how much he is 
spending. — Life. 

Fear You might get hurt if 

yon go ahead." Initiative says: "I 
would rather bump into something 
ahead than stand still and be 
bumped." — Edison Sales Builder. 



Mr. Frank E. Whiting. Chicago 
representative for the firm, has left 
for his western home, after spending 
the past five months in the east. Mr. 
Whiting was accompanied by Mrs. 
Whiting, their daughter, Mrs. Harry 
May, and grandson Frank. During 
their stay in the east they visited sev- 
eral summer resorts and Mrs. Whit- 
ing's former home. 



The shop committee has been ad- 
vised to wait till the middle of the 
month before buying potatoes for 
winter use. Probably they will have a 
price in the next issue. 



Our nurse. Miss Cote, made a good 
investment the other day. There are 
very few people who can buy a Glen- 
wood Range for a dime. 



Miss Lottie Shurtleff succeeds Miss 
Rosanna Precourt as forelady of our 
mesh department in Middleboro. Ros- 
anna. who is an accomplished musi- 
cian, has decided to devote her entire 
time to her art. 



Owing to the large number of sub- 
scribers, the maximum order for wood 
has been limited to two cords. In spite 
of this, the wood on hand has been 
over-subscribed, but an attempt will 
be made to furnish wood to those on 
the waiting list. 



The coal industry operates on an 
average of 216 working days a year 
out of a possible 304. What better 
reason is there for coal high in price 
and short in quantity ! 



He Got the Job 

A business man advertised for a boy 
the other night. When he arrived at 
the office the next morning there were 
some 50 boys already in line. He 
opened his desk and was just about to 
begin examining the applicants when 
his stenographer handed him a card 
on which was scribbled: "Don't do 
anything until you see me. I 'm the 
last kid in line, but I'm telling you 
I'm there with the goods." — The Case 
Eagle. 



If you hear of some new machines 
being purchased this month you can 
wager that the owner bet his money 
on the North side and is now run- 
ning a Ford. 



Mrs. Hattie Goodwin, Correspondent 

The day is dreary, and I feel so weary 

Of soldering rings in a row, 
An an excuse I'll take my glai 
And down to the sink I Tl go. 

The sink is placed in the center aisle ; 

From there, the crowd I can see. 
I'll make a guess asd tell their 
thoughts 

Whatever they happen to be. 

The Boss looks stern and serious; 
Furrowed is his brow. 
S patiently cutting patches 
For those that don't know how. 

Charlie had a slight mishap 

To his limousine so new ; 
Got it battered and badly bent — 

Now he's feeling mighty blue. 

The Stranger's heart goes pit-a-pat 
When a certain girl goes by. 

But I do not think she knows it 
For I plainly heard him sigh. 

Why don't Reginald take a hintf 
It would make the girls so glad, 

If he only would invite them 
For a ride with Northern Lad. 

May 's thoughts are centered upon the 
house 

She bought the other day ; 
It did not take quite half the roll 

She has snugly tucked away. 

We are glad to have Miss Lucy 
Back in the same old row. 

For we missed her cheerful chatter 
And her flitting to and fro. 

Since Mi>s Shurtleff is in charge 

Swiftly speeds the day: 
But we miss and mourn Rosanna 

Whom music lured away. 

I am wasting precious moments 
Telling these things to you ; 

I'll hasten back and try to make 
Another bag or two. 



Honesty begets !. man 

honest :"n his dealings with his 
fellows has a subsidy which nio 
cannot buy. He treat- 

ment at the hands of othe 



WADCO NEWS 



SHERBROOKE BRANCH 

Continued 

"After we had some mesh made up 
and the bags joined, the next prop- 
osition was to get them colored, as 
there were no colorers in the city ; our 
only way was to educate one. August 
Stark was sent here with instructions 
to make solutions and instruct a 
young man until he was able to han- 
dle the work alone. Mr. Stark stayed 
about a month, after which the man 
he had shown took hold of the work 
and is still with us as colorer. 

"When we first started we found 
business very good, but as you know, 
the war came on in August of that 
year, and for a while things looked 
rather bad as with the declaration of 
war business dropped off for a few 
months until matters had been re- 
adjusted. 

"Early in 1915, the Standard Jew- 
elry Co., in whose building we were, 
notified us that on account of their 
increasing business, they would need 
the space we were occupying, we then 
found an unoccupied building in an- 
other part of the city which was prac- 
tically re-built for us and into which 
we moved in October of that year. 
Tli is is the building in which we are 
located at present. The Main Shop, 
Office and Packing Room have a com- 
bined floor space of about 3500 square 
feet and there is a second story used 
principally for storage of 3000 square 
feet. Having so much more room en- 
abled us to do more of the work here 
Previously the finished frames were 
imported from the Plainville factory, 
but we now started to do the solder- 
ing and finishing here, importing the 
parts. On this work we found it nec- 
essary to have an experienced man, 
and Albert Prien was sent to take 
charge of this part of the work ana 
for a time he did the Bobbing, 
Buffing and Polishnig. Later, as the 
business increased, his brother Her- 
man was employed to assist him and 
eventually took over the finishing pro- 
cesses. 

the years 1916 and 1917, 

had many changes in our small 

staff, largely on account of the war. 

This city developed into a large mu- 

and a number of em- 

tnen and women, left us 

up, this work, but I am happy 

to say thai many of them came back 

into our employ after the Armistice. 



"During 1917, the United States 
entered the war and we happened to 
have several men, United States citi- 
zens, who were subject to the draft, 
all registered with the United States 
Consul here. Two enlisted, namely, 
Herman Prien and H. Russell Mor- 
gan. Prien made the supreme sacrifice 
in France. Morgan, after his service, 
returned and is now employed as fore- 
man of the factory. Albert Prien left 
us during the war to take up war 
work in Newark, N. J. 

"During the war practically all of 
our employees contributed to the pa- 
triotic fund one per cent, of their 
wages. During the reconstruction pe- 
riods there, of course, have been many 
difficulties, but the country is rapidly 
recovering and we are looking for- 
ward to a very prosperous future. 



(Signed) 
"L. 



W. Cook. 



NEW COMERS 



Dorily Sarazin, 
Mrs. Melvin Lowe, 
Arthur Magnan, 
Flora Landry, 
Marian Burdell, 
Mrs. J. Craik 
Vera Yadiserinia, 
Dora Ross, 
Harold French, 
Marguerite Rountry, 
Edward Connors, 
Ernest Booth, 
William Riley, 
Mrs. Blanchard, 
Mrs. A. Lanois, 
Mrs. L. Lanois, 
Mertil Day, 
YViliard Sinnuonds, 
Herman Gorman, 
Leo Lanois, 
Clarence ('base, 
Alice Bashow, 
Chester Xorlund, 
N. Mucicorono, 
Hugh M. Maize, 
Harry Avedisean, 
Harry Oyanian, 
Francis Lessard, 



Maintenance 



Unsoldered Mesh 



Stamp & Press 

Soldered Mesh 

Chain Co. 

Polishing Room 

Coloring Room 

Planning Dept. 

Assembly Room 

Lining Room 

Tool Room 
< 

Polishing Room 

Coloring Room 

Unsoldered Mesh 

Mesh Room 



Maintenance 



SPORTING DEPARTMENT 

Frank Brown, Editor 
The greater part of the W. & D. 

employees was at the first game in At 
tleboro last Saturday. If you looked 
over the box score you saw that the 
crowd of fence busters that the Attle- 
boro fans crow ed about did not show 
much class against Bob Shawkey. 

What will Attleboro do with their 
only Maranville after such a showing 
as he made? 

The attendance at the game was 
7,350. We will try and beat that in 
our town. All up for the next game 
on Columbia field tomorrow. 

On the level, do you think that the 
National League has players equal to 
those who carry the American League 
colors ? 

Bobby Roth is going to stay in 
North Attleboro for all the games in 
order to fully find out the shortest 
way to put the ball over the fence. 
And he certainly can do the job. 

The Clevelands have won the hard- 
est fight that the American League 
has had for a number of years, and 
it seems a very popular finish. Tris 
Speaker is well known in these parts. 

The White Sox must be darned for 
1921 in good shape in order to get 
there after the wreck they have been 
through. Money has made many a 
team, but on this occasion money and 
bribery have wrecked the Chicago 
White Sox for fair. But they will 
come back. 

We have missed from the factory, 

for a few days, our short stop. Ed. 
It is rumored that he and his brother 
Gene have been called to clear up the 
reason why the W. & I). Team lost the 
last game they played with the K. of 
('. Can it be that there is any truth 
in these rumors of loose work on their 
part in that contest . I'.. . ish the 
thought! Oscar says "how come!*' 

Several of the factories arc anxious 
io si ail a Bowling League and as we 
have some very classy men who can 
twist the sphere, why can't we put in 
a team to represent the factory who 
leads in all sports? Any suggestions 
in forming a team will lie attended to 
by notifying the writer of this col 
limn. 



WADCO NEWS 




CAUGHT IN THE MESH 



% 




Do Accidents Just Happen? 



A man struck a match to see if a 
gasoline tank was empty — It wasn 't. 

A man touched an electric wire to 
if it was alive — It was! 

A man patted a strange mule to see 
if it was affectionate — It wasn't! 

A man brushed his hand along the 
table of a jointer to see if the machine 
was running — It was! 

A man stepepd on the ice to see if 
it was strong enough to hold him — 
It wasn't! 

A man determined to be careful to 
if it would pay — It did! 

Twelve nationalities are represent- 
ed in the Mesh Room, and Dick Berk- 
eley can talk all the languages — with 
his hands. The list : Danish. Norwe- 
gian. Armenian. Italian. French. Eng- 
lish. American. Canadian. Swedish, 
man. Greek and the Irish. 

S mething that Mr. Elsesser would 
like to see just once — Padgie in his 
chair at seven A. ML 

Etta i> netting to be some mechanic 
now. - - learning to run an en- 
gine turning machine. 

Zelma is thinking of taking up ten- 
uis Frank has done so well at 
it. 

Lee believes that it ' ' pays to adver- 
On taking the 'tt'adco .V 
home to his wife, about three days af- 
ter he obtained it. he received the 
k.-ys which she had found just where 
he had left them. We are not so sure 
that she n I the reward. 

I wonder if the Lawn Tennis Club 
would be willing to sell their club 
house before it falls down? They 
have kept their courts up u _ 
she-.: rammer Avith the help of 

about ready ( 
up for the wii. 

The North Team gave Peao a 

warm up Shawkey between 

inn the way to bring a 

sure to 

]<•. and land him in 
npany. 



Mary Avery has all the symptoms 
of the sleeping sickness. Will M 
Cote kindly take notice ? 

Have you seen Helen's face shine 
since Ralph came back? 

Gold Dept. B's motto: Never be 
ashamed to work, for work is part of 
our lives' existence. 

Byron Gardner's communistic ten- 
dency is shown in his idea that the 
first umbrella he can lay his hand on 
is his own. We hope he will be able 
to buy one soon for they cost less than 
motor-boa 



Ralph Snell took part in the I. 0. 0. 
F. parade in Boston on the 29th of 
8 -pt ember. 

Don't injure Rhea's feelings. She 
speaks first and thinks afterwards. Is 
this right. Jim? 

"Who knows anvthinsr about the 

* 

blanket raffle? See Elsie or Mildred. 

Wanted : A string strong enough 
to tie up Nancy Bell's whistle. 

Clarke and Morgan — twisted belt 
experts. 

- Rowan sure Daniel Webster 
wrote the dictionary? We wonder if 
Harry knows who built the ark. Edi- 
tor's note : We are sure he do- - 

Overheard at the office sb - >ne 
noon when Ed. and Don were smok- 
ing their cigar-. "Who's just been 
married?" 

Theresa has entered the "Beauty 
in th<- Assembly Room. 
What are you using Theresa? 

Eddie Desautelle, the ex-aviator. 

finding transportation too high from 

Pawtucket to North Attleboro four 

a week, has taken a room in 

Plain ville. 

Evebj that Charlie ° - ith 

with h< . hut if John could 

se loving glances Charli - -. I 
;der if he would think a 



We wonder what Vera 's attraction 
is in the back office. 

Who will win the sweater Th 
spiral, bench or repair department? 

There are times. Henry, when ab- 
-mindedness is excusable. 

If your hair starts to grow gray, 
see Rose about it. She will give you 
a fine receipt. 

Fulton may be there with a bat. 
but when it comes to shooting du 
but when it con. - -hooting dr 
— what a shot ! 

By the time this paper is printed 
we will know something about the 
the world's champions. How would 
you like it. if you were a ball player. 
to wake up and find tucked under 
your bed flO.OOO to sell sum-- game? 
Do you think Galleani would do it? 
Not on your life. 



HEALTH HINTS IV 



Irregular teeth or premature 
- of teeth means that the mas- 
ticating surface is greatly reduced. 
Irregularity j s food to lodge 

between the teeth until a cavity 
•rmed. 

s retain foods that have 
undergone fermentation. All the 
- needed for the develop- 
ment of bacteria are present- 
warmth, moisture and material on 
which to t that the individ- 

ual who i- Bed to 

ers. through an uncared 
for mouth, everything needed. 
The bony - ,,f the tooth is 

- of various .ers which. 

if n - 1. may lead to - 

5. The infection may 
I to any part of the body by the 
am and 
Tin: ventive n. 

ures to preserve your permai 

u. This is an important health 
measu] 

B.